I want to eat something good. Due to my poor culinary skills, I have not had some good, tasty, mouth watering food for a rather long time. I have got another week left to my Summer break, and over the past 4 weeks, I have not had some real food, to think of it. “Real” by means of food that are considered to be the proper three-meals-a-day type of eating. Don’t misunderstand that sentence for me snacking my way, and dipping my hands into bags of chips as substitute for cooking! I do make an attempt to cook. However, in my opinion, the food that I cook consists of simple ingredients that ends up being…not too extraordinary food. For instance, spaghetti, tofu, eggs, stir-fry vegetables etc. these somehow doesn’t satisfy the tummy that seeks
more better taste.
Food is celebratory. Food satisfies the soul. Food is meant to be savored and relished. Food is what makes us happy. Everyday as I note my words of gratitude, I am always grateful for the three basic needs that ensures my survival: food, air, and water. Without food, I don’t feel the energy that allows me to constantly move around the house, walk, and in fact, basic movements like opening of the mouth. “Good food” as I would like to say it, is something that not only taste great (well, obviously), at the same time, being able to fill my soul with some form of healing. The freshness of eating something out of the ordinary is like following a very simple route and along the way, coming across a mesmerizing scenery that brings tears to your eyes. The connection towards food, from the effort of the chef, to the moment it touches one’s tongue, and then fulfills one’s soul; it sate one’s appetite.
I am not sure if it’s a moment of craving some authenticity in food, especially in this ever changing world where so many cuisines and tastes are being thrown together, I can no longer differentiate what is the real deal and what is not (I am not food connoisseur, but still…). What struck me to have such a strong need for tasty food is due to watching the Japanese drama おせん (Osen) that basically revolves around food and its authenticity. Whilst watching the drama, it came to my realization that I have yet to have some nice Japanese meal since I came to America. As a matter of fact, restaurants that serves delectable food. Unfortunately, it is rare to find good restaurants around the area that I live in that provides food of quality and reasonable prices. However, it could be my lack of spontaneity to hunt for good food too, to be fair.
At this point of time, I am just worried that after 4 weeks of eating my own cooked food, I might gradually fail to recognize or acknowledge what food is “good” and what food suits my “taste” once I am no longer in this period of wanting quality food.